Jaime Martinez, founder of the Cesar E. Chavez Legacy and Educational Foundation, will visit Ferris State University on Tuesday, Oct. 18 to share his thoughts on “Sharing Power and Achieving Social Justice.”
This free event is open to the public and will be held in the Rankin Student Center Founders Room, Rankin 238, from 3 to 4 p.m. As part of his appearance, Martinez plans to discuss social justice issues based on his past work and experiences.
“Dr. King once said ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’ and that perspective alone will help individuals who attend this event to understand why they should appreciate Mr. Martinez’s message,” said Michael Wade, assistant director of the Office of Multicultural Student Services.
Wade believes that learning outside of the classroom is a significant part of the college experience for students. He added that social justice impacts everyone in some way, whether it is direct or indirect. Martinez, in Wade’s eyes, is a person who has a “plethora of relevant experience” to discuss social justice.
Martinez has spent the past 15 years advocating for Durango St. in San Antonio,Texas to be changed to Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard in honor of Chavez, an American farm worker who fought for the rights of migrant farm workers. The city council voted in favor of the change on May 19, 2011. Martinez also served as the international secretary/treasurer of the IUE-AFLCIO District 11 from 1990 to 1996.
“The important piece to his message will be for individuals present to learn about social justice, and learn how to address social justice issues in the community.” Wade said of Martinez. “The society in which we live in is ever-changing, and students should keep abreast of issues and leaders.”
This event is sponsored by OMSS and the College of Professional Technological Studies. Those in need of assistance to attend this event can call (231) 591-2617.